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Central, southern Taiwan warned of increasing winds, rainfall

Central, southern Taiwan warned of increasing winds, rainfall

Taipei, Aug. 8 (CNA) Residents in central, southern Taiwan and mountainous areas in southeastern Taiwan's Taitung County should heighten their alert against severe weather due to southwestern winds introduced by Typhoon Soudelor as it moves away from the island, the Central Weather Bureau said Saturday. As of 1:00 p.m., the storm was centered 30 km east-northeast of outlying Penghu County, moving at a speed of 18 km per hour in a northwesterly direction, the bureau said. It is packing maximum sustained winds of 144 kph, with gusts reaching 180 kph, it said. Although gusty winds and rainfall have subsided in northern Taiwan after Soudelor exited into the Taiwan Strait mid-morning, the storm's impact on central and southern parts of the country has just begun to reach its fullest, forecasters warned. Strong winds and torrential rainfall, which could reach 350 millimeters in 24 hours, is expected in most areas in Taiwan, the bureau said. Between midnight Friday and 1 p.m. Saturday, Taiping Mountain in eastern Taiwan's Yilan County topped all regions with an accumulated rainfall of 1,277 mm, bureau data showed. The strongest gusts, reaching some 210 kph, were felt in Suao Township in Yilan and Pengjia Islet off northern Taiwan, it said. (By Lee Hsin-Yin)


Updated : 2021-09-19 04:05 GMT+08:00